Halloween Hayrides in the Upstate

In the Upstate, we are fortunate to have an abundance of fall activities to enjoy. Instead of the usual haunted houses and pumpkins patches for Halloween, consider a hayride. These family-friendly romps in the hay—pulled by horse, tractor or other mode of transportation—are a perfect Halloween outing.

Here are a few to check out:

Denver Downs, Anderson

Denver Downs operates one of the largest corn mazes and pumpkin patches in the Southeastern United States. Hayrides will take visitors around the corn maze, pumpkin patch, and farm.

There is also a haunted hayride, Harvest of Horror, which includes a haunted house, haunted hotel, and tormented trail attraction (not included in the farm general admission fee).

Where: 1515 Denver Road

When: September 22nd thru November 5th. Thursdays, 5 p.m.–11 p.m.; Fridays, 5 p.m.–midnight; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–midnight; Sundays 1 p.m.–11 p.m.


Berry Acres, Anderson

Hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch, and more are available for groups.

Where: 230 Strawberry Road

Call 864-224-5441 to book your event!

Stewart Farms, Laurens County

A working family farm, Stewart Farms offers 50-minute peaceful wagon rides around the farm while searching for scarecrows and pumpkins. The farm also features a seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other activities.

Where: 6600 Highway 92, Enoree

When: Opening day is September 23rd, and through October 29th, hours are Fridays, 4 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m.–8 p.m.

Mini Miracles Farm, Taylors

Mini Miracles Farm in Taylors offers hay rides, an animal education station, pumpkin patch, and a children's play area. Hay rides last approximately 20 minutes and leave every 45 minutes, weather permitting.

Where: 708 Old Rutherford Road

When: Wednesday through Sunday, October 4th-29th

Strawberry Hill USA, Spartanburg County

Publicized as “a good old fashioned family tradition,” the tractor-drawn hayride offers a hands-on farm tour where visitors can cross the Famous Troll Bridge to Meet Mr. Troll and His Farm Animals, pick-a-pie pumpkin and participate in “Cow Feedin’, Tire Swingin’, & Rope Climbin’.”

Where: 3097 Highway 11 Chesnee

When: September 26th-October 29th Saturdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sundays 12 p.m.–5 p.m.


Please contact each venue to confirm hours, weather-related cancellations, pricing, and other detailed information.

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